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PGDip, MBACP (accred)

About me

Starting counselling can be daunting.  I offer a sensitive, empathetic and non-judgemental space to help you to identify, explore and work through your issues. Together, we can bring about profound and lasting change to your life.

Through Psychodynamic Therapy , I will help you explore how your early relationships and experiences have influenced your life, thoughts, emotions and choices.  This approach can help you understand yourself better, resolve internal and external conflicts and live more freely.

Our work together may include looking at past experiences and learned defences, exploring relationships past and present, Free Association, and your dreams and fantasies. I also integrate body awareness into my approach.

I work with individual adults.  My approach is LGBTQ+ affirmative and neuro-diversity sensitive.  My specialisms are in Trauma, Autism Spectrum Conditions, and Sexuality and Gender identity.

I'm happy to work with you online, by telephone or in person - whenever possible. Whatever works best for you.

I am  a BACP Accredited therapist in Brighton, East Sussex. 

I have always been fascinated by peoples life stories and how we relate to others in different ways. This led me to study English Literature and then train and work as a nurse in mental health. 

Since then, my personal and professional interest in how our early relationships influence our later experiences has led me to become a psychodynamic therapist. 

I passionately believe that everyone has the potential for healing and growth from their past and in their present relationships. Psychotherapy provides a powerful aid to this journey. 

EXPERIENCE & SPECIALISMS

Since 2007, I have helped people in psychological distress. I worked as a mental health nurse for many years, and then as a counsellor at Sussex University, Brighton Therapy Centre, and in private practice.

 I Specialise in:

Trauma  - especially early relational trauma

Trauma is not always easily identified. It affects individuals in different ways and may stem from a single event or repeated experiences. You may not have even recognised a past experience as trauma.

Trauma can leave you feeling confused, ashamed, fragmented, empty, afraid or helpless. Together, we will link your past with your present experiences - at your pace - to understand how this has influenced your sense of self and how you cope.

Autistic spectrum conditions (ASC)

Through my work with autistic spectrum conditions, I understand the difficulties encountered, such as anxiety and depression, but also the uniquely positive attributes and strengths that neurodiversity offers. 

In a largely neurotypical world, I offer counselling tailored to your specific needs.

Sexuality and gender identity

My experience with issues relating to sexuality and gender identity within the LGBTQ+ community inform my work.

Together, we will explore the thoughts, emotions, anxieties and conflicts relating to your personal experiences.

In addition, I can help you with: 

·       Relationship issues
·       Identitiy issues
·       Anxiety
·       Depression – including suicidal thoughts or self-harm
·       Emotional dysregulation
·       Anger
·       Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
·       Abuse
·       Bereavement – including traumatic bereavement or bereavement by suicide. 

WHAT TO EXPECT

The therapeutic relationship

Relationships are complex, and we all bring unconscious feelings and expectations from our earlier connections into new relationships. Through counselling, you will have a unique opportunity to explore patterns in how you relate to others 'live' with another person.

Together, we will work to better understand your current relationship problems and experiences in the context of your history. The feelings, experiences, and patterns we identify will help you create a new and better way to navigate and experience relationships.

Starting counselling

Our first meeting is an opportunity for both of us to experience working together in a counselling relationship. 

You will choose what details of your history and current circumstances you are comfortable sharing, and we will discuss if psychodynamic counselling is right for you. 

If you decide to start your counselling journey with me, we will then agree some practicalities, such as the frequency and timings of our sessions.  

I offer short, medium, or long-term counselling.

Fees

£60 per 50-minute session.

I believe counselling should be widely available. I therefore have a limited number of lower-cost spaces available. Just let me know if you want to discus

CONTACT

If you are ready to start counselling or have any queries, I'd love to hear from you at: 

Email: rebecca@wellscounsellinglewes.co.uk

Mobile: 07853719281

I practice in Brighton.

WHERE TO FIND ME

I offer sessions at Brighton Therapy Centre, located centrally in the North Laines area of Brighton, 23 New Road, Brighton BN1 1UG.

The entrance is via the steps at the side of the building next to the Unitarian church.

I recommend using public transport, but paid car parks are also available nearby.

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Training, qualifications & experience

Post-graduate diploma in Psychodynamic  Psychotherapeutic Counselling (University of Brighton)

NCFE Level 2 & 3 in Counselling Theory and Practice

Post-graduate dipolma in Children and Young People's IAPT therapy (University College London)

Diploma of higher education in Mental Health Nursing (Oxford Brookes University)

BA Honours in English Literature (University of Sussex)

I have 11 years of experience supporting people in psychological distress in NHS mental health services in a nursing role.

I have provided counselling at The University of Sussex and currently  practice at Brighton Therapy Centre.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£60.00 per session

Additional information

My standard fee is £50 per 50 minute session.

I am committed to making counselling accessible and am able to offer concessions, if you are unable to afford the standard fee, please discuss this with me.

Brighton Therapy Centre, 23A New Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1UG

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Zoom